Women’s health concerns cover a wide spectrum. While many health conditions affect both men and women, a number of health issues affect only women and some are more prevalent in women. In addition, a number of medical conditions may cause different symptoms in women, affect women differently than men, and may require different treatment or prevention protocols.
Besides conditions such as menopause, ovarian and cervical cancer, and pregnancy, which are unique to women, other medical conditions play a large role in women’s health. Breast cancer and osteoporosis are thought of as women’s health concerns, although they occur in men. Heart disease in a serious concern to both men and women, but risk factors and preventive strategies may differ in women, and women may experience different symptoms of an impending heart attack than men. Women may have greater concerns over aging, caregiving, emotional health issues, and skin care.
Natural medicine offers a wide variety of options to help women with many of their health concerns. Many women prefer the hand-on approach of Naturopathic doctors including the time spent discussing concerns and treatment options.
During her time at NCNM Dr Peterson worked closely with several different attending physicians that specialized in Women's Health. She has taken additional classes and continues to take continuing education courses that are directed towards women's health concerns especially in regards to hormone imbalance and rebalancing the endocrine system using bio-identical hormones.